Friday fun. Reason.tv visits Occupy Wall Street

posted at 12:45 pm on October 7, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

The folks at Reason.tv, ever watchful for important, breaking news, headed down to Manhattan to get a first hand look at the protesters who are currently Occupying Wall Street. (Or at least a park in the vicinity of Wall Street. Or something.)

The crowd was relatively small at about 300, and included educated but unemployed workers, college students and recent graduates, homeless drifters, performance artists, 9/11 truthers, and a not-insignificant number of journalists.

The “leaderless” movement is made up of more than a dozen smaller groups, such as the “Information” group with Macbooks hooked up to generators who maintain the “OccupyWallStreet” Twitter feeds and liveblogs, a “People’s Library” consisting mostly of donated leftist literature, and a well-stocked kitchen where organic vegetables are sliced for communal salads.

Student loan debt, campaign finance reform, and general anger with the sluggish economy were the more frequent grievances aired, but the demonstrators are hardly monolithic in their passions or opinions. Among the boilerplate anti-capitalist rhetoric included a lifelong Democrat professing his support for Mitt Romney, an unemployed aviation mechanic declaring his continued support of capitalism and disgust at corporate welfare, and a homeless man expressing skepticism that any of the protestors would remain in the park if just “one bad wind” rolled through the area.

The resulting video is a treat for all concerned and provides an insightful look into the very real and important message the protesters are bringing to light, as well as their concise, yet reasonable demands for change which will surely…

OK. I’m just kidding. It’s all fairly incoherent, but a fine way to spend six minutes of your Friday afternoon. Before we get to the video, though, I just have one question… What the heck is this dude doing?

Occupy Wall Street Protester

He appears to have taken time out of his busy day to craft a fake Fox News Channel camera out of a cardboard box and some magic markers. Yet during the entire time he’s being interviewed, he gives no explanation whatsoever about why he’s carrying this particular totem around with him. There’s also someone calling for a return to a barter system economy, as well as some supporters of both Ron Paul and Mitt Romney! (Though apparently they’re not quite supportive enough to not vote for Obama next year because.. you know.. you just have to.)

I give up. Let’s just go to the video.

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Resist we much!

John Deaux on October 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

“Get a job, Hippie!”

glockomatic on October 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

“Get a job, Hippie!”

glockomatic on October 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

First things first, they all need a bath! After all it’s difficult to communicate with your potential employer during an interview when they are holding their noses and breath due to the stench!

Liberty or Death on October 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Angry kids that don’t know exactly why or who they are pissed about. They don’t want to admit their failure in voting for the president last go around. The best remedy for this “collective” is to have the private sector flood the market with jobs but their savior, Oblah-blah, is destroying their future. Unfortunately they are too young, or too stupid, or too proud to understand this…

My 19 year old gets it. He is holding down a job while going to school full-time to position himself for his future. In 5 years he will be much better off then these poor stooges…

jbh45 on October 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Well, I see they were crashed by the raging anti-Semite, “Lotion Man” (the more educated than the little man guy).

ya2daup on October 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Anyone remember the SNL skit of the protest where they were trying to figure out what they were protesting.

Protest Leader: What do we want?
Protestor: To legalize porn!
Protest Leader: Sir, porn IS legal.
Protestor: Not the kind I like.

BohicaTwentyTwo on October 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM

why is it that the only one who made any sense was the HOMELESS guy.

jesterstear on October 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

At 5:10 the real truth comes out. HAHAHAHAHAHA!

whatthecrap on October 7, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Guy at 5:15 gets it.

“It’s not gon’ do shiiiiiiiit. … Let one bad wind come through..”

Haha.

nickj116 on October 7, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Hahaha. Brilliant.

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Resist we much!

John Deaux on October 7, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Hahaha. You actually made me stifle an audible laugh. Well played, sir.

Abby Adams on October 7, 2011 at 4:37 PM

mechkiller_k on October 7, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Awesome!

JadeNYU on October 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

why is it that the only one who made any sense was the HOMELESS guy.

my exact thought!

galtg on October 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM

If this is a sample of the next generation then we are doomed…

pullingmyhairout on October 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM

That guy at 2:05 who interrupted the interview is the same guy who argued with that old man and called him a Jew in another video right?

Yo man, I been here a week and a half longer than you, I got this.

Daemonocracy on October 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Daemonocracy – yes, I was just getting ready to say that! Blaze has the videos.

If y’all haven’t seen them – take a look. You’ll be left slack jawed.

kareyk on October 7, 2011 at 7:44 PM

The only person that made sense in that whole video was the homeless guy.

dirtseller on October 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Amen, brother!

Seriously (maybe), near as I can tell, it’s a grab bag of the usual suspects:
- Marxists, organized or just mentally ill
- Anarchists, never organized
- Union organizers trying to organize the anarchists
- Truthers, from an alternate reality
- Paul supporters, from the other alternate reality
- Party animals, escaped from a zoo
- Exhibitionists performing for the national media
- Malcontents seeking validation
- Bernie Madoff victims
- Goldman Sachs employees without White House jobs
- White House operatives paying the bills
- Mentally ill (but I repeat myself)

NNtrancer on October 7, 2011 at 1:18 PM

“One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.”

–George Orwell, “The Road to Wigan Pier” (1937)

JimC on October 7, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Bryan Williams seemed disappointed tonight that he had to lead off with the ten year anniversary of the War in Afghanistan rather than “zee revolutionne”. I was half listening when the correspondent finished her coverage saying something like we hope it doesn’t escalate from rage to revolution. Oh puleeze!

Mr_Magoo on October 7, 2011 at 11:54 PM

“Get a job, Hippie!”

glockomatic on October 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM

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As an ex-hippy… I’m insulted.
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RalphyBoy on October 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

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